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Stem Cell Signal Drives New Bone Building

In experiments in rats and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have added to evidence that a cellular protein signal that drives both bone and fat formation in selected stem cells can be manipulated to favor bone building. If harnessed in humans, they say, the protein — known as WISP-1 — could help fractures heal faster, speed surgical recovery and possibly prevent bone loss due to aging, injury
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Chronic Opioids Linked to Increased Complications after Spinal Fusion Surgery

Patients who have been taking opioid pain relievers for several months before spinal fusion surgery are at increased risk of complications after their surgery, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. Patients on chronic opioid therapy before spinal fusion are at increased risk of complications and adverse outcomes—including repeated spinal surgery, according to the new research by Safdar N. Khan, MD, of The Ohio State University